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Sustainability at Home - Fun Ways to Reuse Empty Plastic Bottles

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Jul 15, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Greetings to all the Eco Champions out there!

In the spirit of Plastic-Free July, as well as keeping little people busy at home during lockdown (you can thank me later), I thought it would be fitting to share some fun ideas on reusing plastic bottles.  Although plastic bottles (PET) are one of the easier materials to recycle in South Africa, they are still problematic.  Anyone who has taken part in a beach cleanup after heavy rains can confirm this.  Plastic bottles are simply a way of life for many people, and that’s okay, however we do need to be mindful of what we do with these bottles after use.

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Topics: Innovation, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, Sustainability

Top 10 Items That Can Be Reused, Repurposed and Recycled at The Office

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Jun 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Now more than ever, businesses are looking to reduce costs wherever they can and understandably so.  Doesn’t this then provide the perfect opportunity to look into what items your business is throwing away and seeing how they can be reused, repurposed and recycled within the workplace.  There is always value in waste if you look for it, and the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” has merit for those creative minds lingering in the office. 

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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, Sustainability, Carbon Footprint, Sustainability Consulting

What is spreading quicker than Covid-19?

Posted by Greg Gatherer on May 27, 2020 12:00:00 PM

The answer to the question “What is spreading quicker than Covid-19?” is……FRAUD! To be more exact, cyberthreats, cybercrime and cyberattacks.

Interpol has the slogan “Be Vigilant, Be Skeptical, Be Safe”. This relates to the general shift of focus from cyber defenses to focusing on the current health crisis playing out in the world today, with Covid-19 leaving no country unscathed.

So, the question is? How are you fairing when it comes to keeping the focus on a real threat to your personal information and fraud risk?

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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Green Office, Cyber Security

The Green Office Story and Beyond 2020

Posted by Warren Valentine on May 6, 2020 12:00:00 PM

As with most companies this year, Green Office is under immense pressure to drive cost reductions while generating sales to ensure that we are sustainable and will be around next year! Luckily for us, our purpose is to make business more efficient and sustainable, and that is exactly what we’ve been doing for our own business and are planning on doing this year and beyond.

Green Office has been in operation since 1997, starting out in a garage with only three people. We are now a fully fledged Managed Service Business focusing on driving efficiencies and sustainability initiatives to ensure that our clients don’t have physical, financial and operational waste.

Green Office will be focusing on delivering services within the following four towers:

  1. Managed Print Services looking at all aspects of a print environment.
  2. Digitalisation Consulting, Services & Technology
  3. Cyber Security, focusing on identifying and managing vulnerabilities
  4. Sustainability Consulting, through assessments and training, amongst other items.
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Topics: MPS, Remanufactured Toner Cartridges, Office Automation, Managed Print Services, Managed Print Solutions, Managed Print Environments, Managed Print Expectations, Managed Print, Print Environment, Innovation, Efficient, Green ABLE, Office Solutions, Green Office, Office Printing, Printing Industry, Sustainability, TCO, Print Assessment, Cyber Security, Print Management Software, Hardware Solutions, Device Management Software, Digitalisation, Cartridge Solutions, Sustainability Consulting

Who is Responsible for Waste – The Producer or The User?

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Apr 22, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Written by Sarah Fernandes in collaboration with Mark Valentine

With pollution, plastics and recycling being front-of-mind for a lot of people at this point in time, the question that often springs to mind is who should be responsible for waste?  How often have you looked at the back of packaging after purchase only to see the dreaded words “not currently recycled”?  For those who are committed to recycling, there is nothing more frustrating.  Shouldn’t the packaging producers at least manufacture something that will make it easy for people to do the right thing?  It’s time to delve into the issue of extended producer responsibility.     

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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Green ABLE, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, Sustainability, Carbon Footprint, Sustainability Consulting

10 Useful Tips on Virtual Meeting Etiquette

Posted by Wayne Fyvie on Apr 8, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Covid-19 has seen a forced increase of company teams, customers, suppliers having to have more interactions online. The world is changing, and this forced disruption has forced businesses to think and operate differently. We have seen an increase in online meetings within our own company, which has had its challenges.  

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Topics: Culture Code, Innovation, Efficient, Green Office, Company Culture

The Importance of Digitization Software in the Banking Industry

Posted by Chasthi Grant on Dec 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Written by Chasthi Grant in collaboration with Riaan van Rensburg

Hello again and green greetings!

 Let’s recap from our previous blog post, Digitization in the Banking Industry…

  • Green Office’s approach understands the digitisation end-goal, driving print to zero, entrenching and guiding the business towards a paperless utopia.
  • Green Office has conducted varying sets of decompositions within the banking industry.
  • Green Office will identify, assess, conduct user interviews, present the findings and advise the most sustainable solutions.

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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Office Solutions, Green Office, Print Management Software, Device Management Software, Digitalisation

Cost Recovery – It’s not as difficult as you think!

Posted by Zandalee Naude on Oct 30, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Cost recovery in any business is essential. In law firms, it’s even more important to ensure that billable items land on clients’ invoices. Disbursements are often either manually tracked and billed, or it is isn’t recovered 100%. (This is an opportunity lost to generate an income for your business!)

Our preferred software for printing, telephony management and cost recovery is PaperCut.  Not a lot of companies know that PaperCut offers telephony billing, through an add-on module called, Revoco.  We’ve worked with various law firms of different sizes and for us, this software is a must.

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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Office Solutions, Green Office, Print Management Software

One Planet Living - Land and Nature

Posted by Sarah Fernandes on Oct 23, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Continuing our series exploring Bioregional’s ten principles of One Planet Living, the spotlight this month is on Land and Nature.  In having an academic background focused on the natural environment, this principle is close to my heart and promotes the protection and restoration of land and marine systems for the benefit of people and wildlife. 

The One Planet goals for land and nature include:

  • To have a positive impact on natural ecosystems and prevent harm, from extraction to production, and retail;
  • To source materials responsibly and eliminate the use of materials associated with the destruction of natural habitats; and
  • To make a positive contribution to local biodiversity.
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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Green Office, Eco-Friendly, One Planet Living, Sustainability, Carbon Footprint, Sustainability Consulting

Digitization in the Banking Industry

Posted by Chasthi Grant on Oct 9, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Hello Again and Green Greetings!

In our last blog engagement, we explored the “Typical challenges experienced in the Banking industry”.  We touched briefly on digital banking trends and the way forward for the banking industry following the challenges experienced from a Green Office perspective.

Digitization is the new buzz word within the FinTech industry with automation, efficiency and customer experience as the main drivers.  Within the banking industry the partnership between strategy and technology create a perfect platform for digitization.  The majority of customers are techno savvy and demand more streamlined processes from their banking service provider.  Their time is valuable, and they challenge the banking industry to move towards digital platforms or face the risk of losing their business to more progressive banking service providers.

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Topics: Innovation, Efficient, Office Solutions, Green Office, Digitalisation